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“It’s a freshwater crocodile”. The latest from the Fisheries Office Chief

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“It’s a freshwater crocodile”. The latest from the Fisheries Office Chief | The Thaiger

Freshwater crocodile in Australia’s Northern Territory. Photo: abc.net.au

Phuket’s Fisheries Office believes that the crocodile spotted in Bangtao Beach is a freshwater crocodile which can only live in salt water for a few days and they assume that it comes from a tin mine lake in the nearby area.

Governor Plodthong, along with the Head of the Phuket Office of Fisheries, Paiboon Bunlipatanon, inspected Bangtao Beach this afternoon (August 30) with a number lifeguards driving jet-skis to search for the crocodile but found nothing. But the order went out for lifeguards and officers from departments involved to go on croc-watch, day and night, around Bang Tao and Layan Beaches.

“The crocodile is a freshwater crocodile. There is no crocodile farm in the close area so we believe that this crocodile might have swum from a tin mine lake somewhere nearby. There are 3-4 tin mine lakes in the neighbouring area near to the beach and they are connected to sea water,” said the Head of Fisheries Office.

“This freshwater crocodile is (usually) not fierce if no-one harms them first. However, I would like beachgoers to be careful of this reptile while we are still searching for it. There will be a 24/7 monitoring team set for security to locate it.”

Meanwhile, Pisit Thavorn, one of the first people spotting the crocodile in the sea says that the crocodile was just about 200 meters away offshore.

“I was chilling out on the beach in front of a hotel when a security guard pointed out and shouted ‘crocodile!’ I stood up and saw it swam parallel to the beach line. I took a photo but it wasn’t clear enough,” said Pisit.

“After telling the foreign couple I met on the beach, they brought a drone and got good footage of it. The crocodile dived, submerged once shortly and disappeared. We could see it for about 20 minutes.”

“I talked to one of a hotel workers there and he told me that on August 23 (one day before), he also spotted it at the same place but there was no other witnesses.”

Earlier, a famous marine specialist, Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, commented on his personal Facebook a version that supports the Phuket Fisheries Office, in that it would be unlikely for the reptile to be a salt water crocodile as this type of crocodile has never been seen near Phuket.

“A skull of a salt water crocodile found on Tarutao Island is the proof that there are some of them in the Andaman Sea. Though there is a low possibility that Andaman sea still has some of them nowadays, few of them remain in the area of Myanmar, nearby Sumatra Island. However, for this case, it is quite impossible for any of them to swim all the way to Phuket.”

“Crocodiles usually have to stay onshore to get some sun and this is the opportunity to catch it. The problem is, we don’t know where it is at the moment.”

“People in the area should keep an eye for it for when it comes onshore for some sun especially during the low tide when the crocodile would possibly seek sun from the muddy areas of the beach.

“During this stormy weather, normally crocodiles would not stay in shallow water, but far away from the shore and waves. Swimmers shouldn’t be worried about it. However, surfers or swimmers who swim far away to the deep sea should be careful.”

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Attempted rape of 16 year old in Chon Buri petrol station toilet

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A 29 year old man has been arrested in Chon Buri’s Phan Thong district for alleged attempted rape of a 16 year old girl inside a petrol station toilet.

The incident is reported by police to have taken place last night.

Wisanu Intae was initially charged with committing an indecent act on a person over the age of 15 and attempted rape.

The girl, travelling with her parents, had stopped at the petrol station for a toilet run. Since the women’s toilet only had three cubicles, she was waiting for her turn when suddenly she felt a hand over her mouth and was allegedly yanked into a cubicle by Wisanu.

The girl resisted and made noises so her mother could hear her and come to help.

Wisanu later reportedly confessed to the attempted assault, and insisted that this was the first time he has ever done anything like this.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Arrest for scam and then a bonus arrest in Pattaya

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Pattaya police have arrested an Indian man and his Thai girlfriend for scamming an Indian tourist out of 6,000 baht in the early hours this morning. But there was a bonus arrest too.

Pattaya police chief Pol Col Prawit Chorseng say 26 year old Maninder Singh and 32 year old Mallikar Thongriam were arrested shortly after the victim, 31 year old Sahu Anupam, filed a complaint with a police patrol on Pattaya Walking Street.

Police were able to retrieve 5,350 baht from the two suspects.

Anupam told police that Singh approached him while he was wandering along walking street and persuaded him to go to a pub, saying that he knew the owner.

Anupam added that when the pub was handing out the bills at 1am, he was told he had to pay 5,521 baht, including the drinks for Singh and his girlfriend.

Singh then offered to talk to the pub owner to negotiate a 20% discount so Anupam handed him 6,000 to settle the bill.

When Singh left the table, his Thai companion excused herself, saying she was off to the bathroom and, you guessed it, the pair disappeared. Police later found them dining in a restaurant not far from the pub.

In a bonus for their morning’s work, Police also found that Singh had overstayed his visa by 724 days.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Pheu Thai now claims to have the numbers to form a coalition. So does Palang Pracharat.

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Pheu Thai Party, which at this stage has emerged as the winner of the most lower house seats after the general election, says they’ve gathered enough support from political allies to form a coalition government. The party’s secretary general Phumtham Vechayachai made the claim at a meeting this morning.

He said Pheu Thai and other parties now command enough MPs to form a majority government but didn’t name them.

But he admitted that Bhumjaithai Party, a mid-sized party, which is now seen as a king-maker in the post-election scenario, had made no commitment to join the coalition.

Phumtham denied reports that Pheu Thai had already offered Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul the post of PM in return for his party’s MP votes.

Meanwhile, the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharath, currently trailing behind Pheu Thai in terms of House seats, has launched their own attempts to form a coalition government.

Pheu Thai says it has a mandate to form a government based on the number of seats it won while Palang Pracharath claims it has more popular votes than the pro-Thaksin party.

While the Election Commission has yet to formally announce election results amidst a political deadlock, it’s clear that Bhumjaithai has emerged a key factor in determining any new Thai government. The party is being courted by both Pheu Thai and Palang Pracharath.

Pheu Thai now has the Future Forward Party of Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as a major ally along with a few other smaller anti-Prayut parties but still needs to have Bhumjaithai on its side to be able to form a workable majority government.

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